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Japan’s government to delay discussion on creating female Imperial branches

The Japanese government is holding off on deciding whether or not to allow female members of the Imperial Family to establish their own branches of the family after marriage, according to sources. They will delay discussions on the matter at least under after Crown Prince Naruhito’s accession to the throne on the 1st of May next year. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the Diet last week that…
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Princess Ayako to receive ¥107 million after she marries commoner

Princess Ayako of Takamado will receive ¥106,75 million (around $951.551,00 or £728.050,70) from the Japanese government after her marriage to commoner Kei Moriya later this month. The lump sum payment will be provided in order to maintain her high standard of living after the loss of her royal status, according to the Imperial Household Law. The amount she is set to receive is the upper limit…
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Emperor Akihito back to work following illness

Emperor Akihito of Japan resumed his official duties on Thursday, 5th July, after three days of treatment for insufficient blood supply to the brain according to a palace spokesperson. The 84-year-old had cancelled engagements from Monday 2nd July after the palace doctor…
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Princess Ayako of Takamado to marry businessman

Princess Ayako of Takamado, the youngest daughter of Princess Hisako and Emperor Akihito’s late cousin Norihito, Prince Takamado, will marry businessman Kei Moriya on 29 October 2018, the Imperial Household Agency announced today. The Princess and her future husband first met last December, according to the Imperial Household Agency. Kei Moriya is a 32-year-old graduate of Keio University…
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Emperor recalls visit to Vietnam and King of Thailand's funeral in poetry

Poetry and monarchy very often go hand in hand. Whether it is King Edward III offering patronage to Geoffrey Chaucer, or King David of Israel being said to have written a number of Psalms found in the Bible, there is a strong mutual history between the two. Japanese emperors, in their time, were also noteworthy poets forming part of a courtly culture very interested in high arts and literary…
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